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The Sun Hotel
Ranked #6 of 8 Hotels in Hitchin
Cork Ireland
Level 5 Contributor
69 reviews
32 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
“Good value”
Reviewed 7 May 2012 via mobile

It would be very fair to Say the last review (quirky) would be a very good evaluation of this hotel. They are trying so hard but falling just short. Do not get a room at the front of the hotel as you will be kept awake into the middle of the night, these rooms are horrendously noisey due to the nightclub and it's clientele situated next door.
However the rooms upstairs to the back of the hotel are quieter and are great value for money for this central location.

  • Stayed April 2012
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OldEnglishInns, Owner at The Sun Hotel, responded to this review, 10 May 2012
Thank you for reviewing your recent stay with us, we always appreciate all your feedback at Old English Inns and constantly work hard to deliver service and value. We look forward to welcoming you back to one of our Inns soon.
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Northwich, Cheshire
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45 reviews
31 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 May 2012

If you like the predictable "which-city-am-I-in-tonight?" layout and furnishings of the large hotel chains, The Sun Hotel will be your idea of hell. However, if you prefer small, family-style hotels and older, quirky buildings then you'll probably love it here.

On the positive side: There's redecoration going on and our room, while structurally old and furnished with a bed and drawers that my Grandmother would have discarded, was newly decorated and spotlessly clean. The bathroom was large and freshly painted, re-floored and tiled/regrouted. Only the limescale build-up on the shower-head, (The shower was pathetic until I found a pin and cleared all the nozzles of limescale) the taps and dalek-head like tap mixer on the bath let the room down. The bed was comfortable, with nice, clean, crisp linen and the towel were new and sumptuous. Tea and coffee making facilities are provided - as is a flat-screen TV (albeit that this seems somewhat incongruous in such an ancient room.

Others have commented on what a warren this place is - and they're right. It's fundamentally "U" shaped with the reception on one side of the "U". Unfortunate occuapants have a long walk through sometimes narrow passageways to find their rooms. However, I'm sure for every person that finds this inconvenient, another will love the quirkiness.

My main recollection of my weekend here though, was of a hotel with just not enough staff. The receptionist on our arrival was also serving at the bar - and rushed off her feet. It took too long to get served at the bar and in the restaurant; younger (part-time?) waiters were clearly clueless. The intention of the staff was there - there simply weren't enough and those that were weren't adequately trained.

As for the food? They endeavour to be different; some of it works, some of it doesn't. I chose the "Award winning" fish and chips. Christ only knows what award it was but, the chips were average and the (clearly frozen haddock) about as far from spectacular is it's possible to get. However, it was nice to see eggs Benedict on the breakfast menu - even if the "lightly toasted bun" it alleged to be served on was a huge slab of toast.

Would I return? Possibly. I liked the quirkiness of the place; it was fundamentally clean and the thick, new, fresh linen was refreshing. Add a couple of competent bar/restaurant staff, replace the most shabby furniture and The Sun could be a bit of a jewel

Room Tip: Book a Superior room, if one's available
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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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OldEnglishInns, Owner at The Sun Hotel, responded to this review, 8 May 2012
We are really pleased that you enjoyed your recent stay at our hotel. At Old English Inns we really value every one of our customer’s comments. Thank you for taking the time to post your comment and we look forward to welcoming you back to Old English Inns in the future.
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Level 6 Contributor
191 reviews
56 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 April 2012

This hotel situated just off the high street
market days Tuesday ,Friday,Saturday , & Sunday boot style market.
Car park small but council car park next door free on Sunday & Bank Holidays.parking on street from 6PM -8AM .
Hotel very clean ,our room 11 twin was spacious with new bathroom ,
be warned the hot water is very hot !!
We ate an early dinner with friends , service from the two young lads
was very attentive & the food ,Sunday Roast for 2 @ £9.95 was really good value together with the specials .
The Hotel is only 9 miles from Luton airport .
Well done !

Room Tip: Room 11 a spacious twin on the first fllor
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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank Alan T
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OldEnglishInns, Owner at The Sun Hotel, responded to this review, 18 April 2012
We are really pleased that you enjoyed your recent stay at our hotel. At Old English Inns we really value every one of our customer’s comments. Thank you for taking the time to post your comment and we look forward to welcoming you back to Old English Inns in the future.
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Level 3 Contributor
16 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 March 2012

Over all the hotel was gud, staff were friendly and food was nice but the rooms let it down and the house keeping. the room i was in was really dusty when i first arived and only had enough towels for 1 person when there was 2 of us. then the next day i noticed the they hadnt taken the dirty towels away they just hung them back up and also they didnt change the cups. bathroom was very small and needed a gud clean and a lick of paint. the bed was comfy though!

  • Stayed March 2012
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Thank S678
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OldEnglishInns, Owner at The Sun Hotel, responded to this review, 26 March 2012
Thank you for reviewing your recent stay with us, we always appreciate all your feedback at Old English Inns and constantly work hard to deliver service and value. We look forward to welcoming you back to one of our Inns soon.
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hu10 6as
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180 reviews
39 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 March 2012

stayed at this hotel my choice but have to adabt to the building ie stairs no lifts but a long treck ,in history you have appreciate the change in expectations and history the building was what you would expect old beer garden but an atmospheres that matched the town as a throwback to what one would imagine a really diversity of what one would expect of a real town and not invaded by big business but the breakfast was to die for hot quick and fast by a woman whose ambition was good service only down the free view was down no sky and the room was next to the boiler room but great stay great staff would stay again

Room Tip: ask for a room near the reception or will walk a long long way no lift
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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled on business
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Thank bizzyinn
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OldEnglishInns, Owner at The Sun Hotel, responded to this review, 26 March 2012
We are really pleased that you enjoyed your recent stay at our hotel. At Old English Inns we really value every one of our customer’s comments. Thank you for taking the time to post your comment and we look forward to welcoming you back to Old English Inns in the future.
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Cumbria
Level 4 Contributor
38 reviews
24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 March 2012

Stayed for two nights at a weekend whilst visiting friends. Room was small but comfortable. Breakfast was ok but tables and chairs etc looking a little bit tired and need renewing. The big minus point was the noise from the street as there is a nightclub next door which kept us awake till four in the morning. It was so bad my wife purchased ear plugs for the next night as it was not helped by an ill fitting window. The evidence of the nights activities was evident with the blood trail through the court yard the next morning. Overall the Hotel was ok and in a good location but I think we will be using elsewhere in the future due to the noise issue and other places offering better value for money.

  • Stayed March 2012
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Thank JT162
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OldEnglishInns, Owner at The Sun Hotel, responded to this review, 6 March 2012
Thank you for your kind comments regarding your comfortable room and breakfast, we are sorry that noise disturbed your nights sleep , one of our neighbours was holding a party, we have complained.
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Durham, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
45 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 February 2012

This was a good hotel, rooms, service, food and value. But the use of inhouse function rooms and the noise from the street outside was exessive. Would use this hotel again but would bring ear plugs.

  • Stayed February 2012
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Thank geranimo138
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OldEnglishInns, Owner at The Sun Hotel, responded to this review, 14 February 2012
Thank you for your feed back on your recent stay at our Old English Inn. We value all your comments, and take them on board to offer the best service and value. We look forward to welcoming you back to one of our Old English Inns in the future
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Property: The Sun Hotel
Address: Sun Street, Hitchin SG5 1AF, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Hertfordshire > Hitchin
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
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Ranked #6 of 8 Hotels in Hitchin
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — The Sun Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 32
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